Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Babylon Cartel x AnmlHse

Where can I begin with these fine young men. I first discovered both Babylon Cartel & AnmlHse a couple of weeks ago when I hit up the Trillectro music festival in Washington, DC. The fact that they both had a really good amount of merchandise is what drew them to me from the get go. I'm so tired of seeing the same old "designers" release the same old "dope t-shirt lines". Can we all agree that this trend needs to die? To me, the point of creating your own line is to encourage innovation, especially in a fashion world that is slowly becoming more and more uniform. 
Babylon Cartel was born in Philadelphia, PA but has since relocated to LA. Don't go thinking their name is one they just grabbed out of the sky because it sounds cool. It's meaning is actually pretty amazing. They describe how they came up with it perfectly on their website. 

" Babylon, from the Hebrew “Babel” is interpreted to mean confusion, and by definition, a cartel is a formal agreement among competitors. The meaning behind “Babylon Cartel” is the joining of the often conflicting and confusing elements of mind, body and soul to work together to originate the most inventive forms."

Genius, and you see it in their merchandise as well. Every single piece in their collection has its own little back story, which makes the experience of wearing their clothing all the more enjoyable. It is literally is the definition of artwork you can wear. My current favorite is their Adidas Originals collaboration Trap Paradise Shirt (above). The imagery is stunning...most likely my next BC purchase as soon as they restock!
Lets talk about AnmlHse. These guys are a crew that found each other while at Art School also in Philadelphia. I find that their line not only incorporates art themes, but it's reflective of pop culture as well. The Warhol "Anml Soup" tee and the Youth in Revolt '89 snapback are my favorites. Of course they're both sold out, people know quality. I really shouldn't be complaining though, I still managed to buy a couple of their pieces when I met with them and BC at Trillectro. You all may remember the B&W varsity scrimmage pro-mesh jersey from my last post which was from AnmlHse. I also had to buy the Boobs tank in black as well that day. Honestly, how could I resist?
I promise you won't be disappointed if you check out both of these amazing up-and-coming design brands. There's a little something for everyone. Look out for more in-depth video coverage of both BC & AnmlHse in the coming future. These are a group of designers I definitely want to keep my eyes on.


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Afro Punk 2013

 I had a blast at this year's Afro Punk festival at Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park. It was my first Afro Punk ever so I was extremely excited! There was so much culture it was intoxicating. Everywhere I turned there was a beautiful shot to be taken. I could have picked a million but I chose only a few of my favorites to share with you all. I wore a b&w varsity scrimmage jersey, one of the many amazing pieces from up-an-coming lifestyle collective group AnmlHse. Look out for my feature on AnmlHse and their partner brand Babylon Cartel later on this week.
Hope you enjoyed bambini.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013



I admit that I'm being really cliche with this look but hey, whatever, sue me I love it. Personally, I would never wear this sort of sporty outfit without heels for fear of looking too boyish. Is there a term for such a phobia yet? Malemphia. There I created one. Now trust me I'm fully aware that the price tag on this fit is not in anyway affordable for the average girl, i.e. me, but I make these design sets as a way to dream. Use them more as a template for a look that you can create using similar design (unless you really can afford this items, in which case be my guest!)
I have some exciting new projects that I'm going to be slowly releasing thorughout the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Guvnor's Ball

I fully intended for this review to be about my trip to Park Slope's Beacon's Closet, but what started off as a day of major disappointment turned into the day I stumbled upon vintage heaven, otherwise known as Guvnor's Vintage Apparel. After spending an hour in Beacon's Closet with absolutely no success and crappy pictures to prove it, I left feeling extremely defeated, which is I guess when the thrift God's decided it was time for me to experience the greatness that is Guvnor's Vintage Apparel. Being that I live in Park Slope I'm still trying to figure out how I've never heard of this place. It seems to have materialized over night. Walking in to Guvnors felt like walking to your Great Aunt's attic. Stock full with treasures collected over a lifetime of collecting.
This magical cropped bralet was the first thing I saw when I walked into the store. I knew it had to be a sign. Immediately after I begged the sales girl to take it off the display, I turned to find a magnificent pair of high-waisted denim shorts. They're collection of high-waisted shorts in general is something to be rivaled with.
 Now don't get me wrong, as great as this place is, the prices are definitely not on Salvation Army level. Guvnor's is the type of place that I'll come to for my vintage spurges. If you're looking for funky one-of-a-kind's, translucent stripper heels, leather motorcycle jackets, lacy bustiers or just some inspiration, Guvnor's is your one stop shop. Aside from all that, anyplace with a leaning tower of vintage chucks is OK in my book.
Guvnor's Vintage Apparel
178 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217


Sunday, July 28, 2013


 Cerulean, Cobalt, whatever you want to call it, this color will always have a special place in my heart. It's one of those colors that looks good on everyone, which is one reason I love wearing it. Try to ignore the fact that my pants are slightly wrinkled. I took these after a day of riding the 2 train and running samples to every corner of the city. Literally. I wore vintage trousers, an Asos crop top, Nasty Gal pumps (similar here) and a Cole Haan clutch. 


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